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This is how Win32 apps can become Windows Store apps

Microsoft recently introduced a set of tools that will let developers take existing Android, iOS, web, or classic Windows apps and turn them into Universal Windows Apps that can be distributed through the Windows Store. It’ll be up to developers to decide whether to use those tools, but if they do it the Windows Store might […]

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Mozilla kills Firefox for Windows 8 Metro, figures you probably won’t notice

Developers at Mozilla have spent the last few years getting the Firefox web browser ready to run on Windows 8 computers with Microsoft’s new Metro-style, touch-friendly user interface. A beta was released just over a month ago. But now Mozilla is pulling the plug. It’s not that the browser didn’t work well on Windows tablets… […]

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Windows Store apps to run in desktop mode (eventually)

Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system can sometimes feel a bit like two operating systems instead of one. There’s the desktop mode, which looks an awful lot like Windows 7. And there’s the Modern mode, which allows you to run full-screen, touch-friendly apps which you can download from the Windows Store. But eventually you may be […]

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Firefox for Windows Windows 8 Metro finally coming… in December

Mozilla is finally preparing to launch a version of the Firefox web browser designed to run in the Windows 8 full-screen “Modern” or “Metro” user interface. While Mozilla’s been working on the software for well over a year, it won’t launch until more than a year after Windows 8 hit the streets. In fact, the […]

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Mozilla releases first builds of Firefox for Windows 8

Mozilla has released the first version of Firefox designed to play nicely with Microsoft’s Windows 8 full-screen user interface. If you install the latest nightly build of Firefox for Windows on a computer running Windows 8, you’ll be able to fire up the new “Metro” style app from the Windows Start Screen. Entering Metro mode […]

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Microsoft stops calling the Windows 8 UI “Metro”

Over the past few years Microsoft has been moving away from the start menu and taskbar interface that’s been around for ages and shifting to a new start screen/home screen UI for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. That start screen offers a series of boxes in different sizes which show shortcuts for applications, incoming messages […]

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Outlook.com launches, works well on small screens

Microsoft took the wraps off Outlook.com today, and there are plenty of reasons to be excited. It’s a massive improvement over Hotmail in many ways, not the least of which is how well it’s suited to smaller screens. As you’d expect from anything Microsoft has designed recently, the Metro design language has been liberally applied […]

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This is what Firefox for Windows 8 Metro will look like

The version of Internet Explorer that comes with Windows 8 is surprisingly not bad… but choice is always a good thing — especially if you care about support for open standards. So it’s nice to know that Mozilla is already working on a version of the Firefox web browser for Windows 8. Like Internet Explorer […]

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Microsoft could bundle Windows 8 with several Metro Style apps

Microsoft has been offering a developer preview of Windows 8 since September. While the early build of Microsoft’s next-gen operating system gives a good idea of how the OS will look and feel, it doesn’t come with very many Metro-style apps that take advantage of the new touch-friendly user interface. The folks at The Verge […]